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Old 10-13-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

I am new to linux. Iam an experienced tech when it comes to microsoft operateing systems. I recentely installed puppy 4.3 on a dell latitude L400. It booted with no problem. I noticed that the osemo date was wrong and attempted to change it (both within the program an in the BIOS) I rebooted and eveything loads in this order-

Loading drivers needed to access disk drives... done
Searching for Puppy files in computer disk drives... done
Loading personal file /pupsave-Carol's_saved-files.2fs (sda1)... done
Loading the 'pup-430.sfs' main file... copying to ram... done
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

I set copy to ram not to copy to ram in order to load faster.
I booted the system several times without any problems.
After i tried to change the time and date this problem happened.
Help me, understand what did I did wrong and what I can do to correct this problem. Thanks Kingmushead
Old 10-13-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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First, note that I don't use Puppy, so the following is a generic comment which may not apply to your specific problem.

The "Attempt to kill init!" kernel error message is displayed when the Initial RAM disk image (the program started by the boot loader to load and start the "real" OS you're booting) cannot find the boot file(s) you specified when the initrd image file was created. The most common problem that causes this issue is that drive from which you're attempting to boot has been repartitioned or the root partition you're attempting to use has been somehow corrupted.

Since you mention changing the time, you should be aware that most Linux distributions default to UTC, so the "time error" you saw may have been that your Windows OS was using your local time zone, and Puppy was interpreting that as a UTC time. (If the displayed hour was incorrect, but the minute seemed correct, I would assume that this was the cause. Check the difference between UTC and your local time to confirm.) This may have resulted in the access time stamps on your boot files being inconsistent, although most system would just post a warning rather than an abort. As I said above, I have no specific Puppy knowledge.
Old 10-16-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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Which OS do u have on ur computer apart from puppy linux? is it some version of microsoft? If yes, then please try installing the bootloader using the rescue CD and try to boot again.


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